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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife$
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Donald M. Waller and Thomas P. Rooney

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871714

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871745.001.0001

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The Vanishing Present: Wisconsin's Changing Lands, Waters, and Wildlife

Donald M. Waller

Thomas P. Rooney

University of Chicago Press

Wisconsin is changing. The past is gone, except as captured in memories, records, and artifacts. The present is measurable, but rapidly fading into the past. To understand the present, in ecology as in other endeavors, we need history. This book provides background and historical context for understanding the ecological changes that surround us. It aims to use knowledge about the state's natural history to evaluate the changes these habitats and species are undergoing. The nature of ecological change and the reasons behind the decision to focus the current study on Wisconsin are discussed.

Keywords:   Wisconsin, environmental change, natural history, habitats, species, ecological change

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